George Takei in 'Star Wars,' 'X-Men' Adds Lady Gaga: Hollywood's Top 10 April Fools' Day Pranks (Video)
Bryan Singer, Netflix and Conan are among 2013's top practical jokers.
Do not accuse Hollywood of taking itself too seriously.
This April 1, The Hollywood Reporter picks some of this year's most notable April Fool's Day pranks from the entertainment industry and beyond.
1) George Takei Turns to The Dark Side
The Star Trek alum announced via his Facebook page that he will be joining the cast of the upcoming J.J. Abrams Star Wars films, saying, "Friends, I am thrilled to announce that I'll be starring in the Star Wars reboot directed by JJ Abrams. I'll be playing Master Ceti Maru, a member of the Jedi High Council. The new film, entitled "Star Wars: Galactic Empire," is greenlit and will begin filming sometime early next year. It is truly a moment for The Star Alliance. Thanks to all my fans for their decades of support."
2) Netflix's Tounge-In-Cheek Recommendations
The ultra-specific categories include, ‘Movies Featuring Epic Nicolas Cage Meltdown’ and 'Movies Starring Estelle Getty and Some Other Guy.' Check out more categories here.
3) Richard Branson Announces Glass-Bottomed Plane
In a statement made today, the Virgin Atlantic Airways founder said, “I'm thrilled to announce that Virgin has created another world-first with the introduction of the technology required to produce the world’s first glass-bottomed plane. This technological innovation coincides with the start of Virgin Atlantic Airways’ first ever domestic service to Scotland."
4) Hulu Advertises Fake TV Shows
“Itchy and Scratchy” and “Ya heard? With Perd!” are just two of the phony shows that are now available for instant streaming on Hulu.com. We know that these shows are meant to be jokes, but the promise of a real “Inspector Spacetime" show is tempting.
5) Snooki Elopement
The Jersey Shore star tweeted a (clearly photoshopped) picture of herself in a white gown and an over-the-top tiara with her new “husband,” Jionni LaValle
with the caption "Jionni and I eloped!"
6) Conan Going Collegiate
“I'm starting my own online college just so I can form a college basketball team and break into the March Madness tournament,“ says the late-night talk show host. Prepare to add Conan State University to your 2014 bracket and apply today!
7) YouTube Shutdown
The video-sharing website announced that at midnight, it will be going off-line and will then begin narrowing down the best online video, with a winner announced when YouTube goes back online in... 2023.
8) The Real Housecats of St. Louis
On its Facebook page, Fancy Feast announces the new reality-based TV show complete with the tagline "It's about to get real catty."
9) Bryan Singer Adds Lady Gaga to X-Men: Days of Future Past Cast
Singer took to Twitter Monday to break the news, posting "I can finally announce @ladygaga is joining #XMen #DaysofFuturePast as Dazzler. One of my all-time favorite characters. Can't wait!"
10) Funny or Die Plans to Kickstart a Series of '90s TV Movies
The popular comedy website wants to bring everyone's favorite decade to the silver screen.